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  Cowboys | Rolando McClain suspended 10 games    Thu Jun 30, 03:03 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain was suspended 10 games Thursday, June 30, for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Is this a news post from 2015? No, it just seems like that since McClain was suspended part of last season as well. The Cowboys defense was already a huge concern and it continues to get worse in Dallas.

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  NFL | Curtis Lofton hopes to play    Thu Jun 23, 04:45 PM

Former Oakland Raiders LB Curtis Lofton (ankle, knee) underwent offseason surgery on his ankle and knee, but he hopes to continue playing in 2016.

Footballguys view: Lofton is more of a downhill thumper than a versatile linebacker, and his surgeries probably won't help his case. He will likely have to wait for an injury to a starter before he gets a call.

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Curtis Lofton player page


  Bengals | Donte Whitner being recruited to CIN    Wed Jun 22, 01:11 PM

Free-agent SS Donte Whitner (Browns) is being recruited by Cincinnati Bengals LB Karlos Dansby to sign with the Bengals.

Footballguys view: Whitner was not brought back by the Browns, but he might stay in the division. The Bengals have an opening at safety that may come down to a battle between the inexperienced Shawn Williams, who did start four games last year and 2015 sixth round pick Derron Smith.

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Karlos Dansby player page
Donte Whitner player page


  NFL | DeMeco Ryans wants to play    Wed Jun 22, 11:17 AM

Free-agent LB DeMeco Ryans (Eagles) hopes to sign with a team for 2016, but he is prepared if his career comes to an end.

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  Packers | Sam Barrington staying patient    Tue Jun 21, 07:35 PM

Green Bay Packers LB Sam Barrington (foot) said it has taken an 'immense amount of patience' to rehabilitate from a serious foot injury he suffered last season. Barrington said he used the time off to find ways to get better. The expected starting middle linebacker is still focusing on growing as a player. Barrington acknowledged that whether or not he starts will be based on if he prepares himself the right way.

Footballguys view: Barrington had somewhat of a breakout season in 2014 before suffering this foot injury in 2015. He's almost back in action, but needs to prove that he can stay healthy after twice being placed on Injured Reserve since he came into the league as a run-stuffing seventh-round pick in 2013.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly should be ready for camp    Sat Jun 18, 03:28 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) should be ready to go for the start of training camp, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

Footballguys view: Getting their superstar LB at full strength will greatly benefit the Panthers defense. They have a rock-solid front seven on defense, but we will be watching to see how their secondary comes together after parting ways with former franchise player CB Josh Norman. Kuechly had surgery in February for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

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  Redskins | Two linebackers should be at camp    Wed Jun 15, 05:37 PM

Washington Redskins LBs Junior Galette (Achilles') and Perry Riley (foot) are expected to be ready for training camp, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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  Broncos | Denver extends Brandon Marshall    Tue Jun 14, 04:23 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall agreed to a four-year extension Tuesday, June 14, according to a source. It includes a $10 million signing bonus.

Footballguys view: Marshall was cut three times by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the Broncos scooped him up in 2013 and he's developed into one of their best players on the league's best defense. He'll take over at WILL for the Broncos this year with Danny Trevathan (Bears) moving on in free agency.

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  Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin, Luke Kuechly on the side    Tue Jun 14, 10:19 AM

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) and LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) are working on the side Tuesday, June 14.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall talking deal with DEN    Fri Jun 10, 02:44 AM

Denver Broncos restricted free-agent LB Brandon M. Marshall is in advanced contract negotiations with the team before his deadline Wednesday, June 15. He has a second-round, $2.553 tender attached to him. If he doesn't sign by Wednesday, Marshall's deal could be reduced to a 10% raise from the $585,000 salary he made last season, although the Broncos would probably re-up him for the $2.553 million.

Footballguys view: Marshall is taking over at weak-side inside linebacker since Danny Trevathan (Bears) moved on in free agency. We have a feeling the team will be able to get something done with Marshall before next Wednesday's deadline.

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  Redskins | Two players still hurting    Wed Jun 8, 06:50 PM

Washington Redskins LB Perry Riley (foot) has shed his walking boot, but is still not participating in practices. OG Shawn Lauvao (ankle) is not practicing yet either.

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  Cowboys | Dallas signs two more players     Wed Jun 8, 06:25 PM

Free-agents LB Brandon Hepburn (Eagles) and OT Bryan Witzmann (Saints) were signed by the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday, June 8.

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  Eagles | Jordan Hicks cleared    Wed Jun 8, 03:18 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Jordan Hicks (quadriceps) has been cleared to practice, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

Footballguys view: His quadriceps injury is still not 100%, but the Eagles are monitoring his workload leading up to training camp. Hicks claims the ailment is nothing serious, however.

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  Dolphins | Kiko Alonso feels healthy    Wed Jun 8, 01:27 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso (knee) said he feels healthy Wednesday, June 8, after multiple knee injuries.

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  Packers | Blake Martinez is a quick learner    Tue Jun 7, 01:15 AM

Green Bay Packers LB Blake Martinez has benefitted from the absence of LB Sam Barrington (foot). 'I think he looks very comfortable. I think he's done a real nice job transitioning from the base defense to the sub defense. Very bright, quick. He definitely is a very instinctive player,' head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday, June 6.

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  Cowboys | One player absent, one returns    Wed Jun 1, 04:19 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (undisclosed) was not present for organized team activities Wednesday, June 1. DE Jack Crawford (personal) returned, however, after missing last week's practice with a VISA issue.

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  Bills | Jamari Lattimore signs    Tue May 31, 10:23 AM

Free-agent LB Jamari Lattimore (Jets) signed an undisclosed deal with the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, May 31. He's expected to compete for a spot on special teams.

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  Colts | Nate Irving much lighter    Mon May 30, 01:23 PM

Indianapolis Colts LB Nate Irving (knee) has lost 30 pounds this offseason after playing at 260 pounds last season. Irving and LB Sio Moore are expected to start opposite LB D'Qwell Jackson this year. Jackson said he can already tell that Irving is moving more confidently and has more explosion in his movement.

Footballguys view: Irving has a nose for the ball and at a lighter weight he should be better as a coverage player in space. The battle between Moore and Irving will have to be won in training camp.

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Sio Moore player page


  Redskins |Two linebackers hurting    Wed May 25, 03:37 PM

Washington Redskins LB Junior Galette (Achilles') will be out until training camp while he recovers from his Achilles' injury, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden also said that LB Perry Riley (foot) is in a walking boot and is having his injured foot rechecked after feeling soreness.

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Junior Galette player page


  Bills | No deals for Andre Roberts, Jamari Lattimore    Fri May 20, 07:25 PM

Free-agent WR Andre Roberts (Redskins) and LB Jamari Lattimore (Jets) met with the Buffalo Bills earlier this week, but both players left the visits without a contract.

Footballguys view: The Bills are kicking the tires on Roberts as they will be missing WR Sammy Watkins until the start of the regular season. They could always end up signing Roberts at some time before training camp if they need an extra body at the position. Roberts did nothing during his time with Washington, but there should be at least a few teams interested in the veteran receiver.

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Jamari Lattimore player page


  Eagles | Jordan Hicks limited Tuesday    Fri May 20, 05:28 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Jordan Hicks (leg) was limited during practice Tuesday, May 17, because of tightness in his legs.

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  Ravens | Zach Orr could start in 2016    Fri May 20, 03:37 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB Zach Orr is the leading candidate to start at inside linebacker in 2016, but he will have to win the job during training camp. LBs Arthur Brown and Albert McClellan could also be options for the job, but the team may also consider signing a veteran free agent if no one on the roster is able to handle the job.

Footballguys view: Brown has been a huge disappointment since being a second round pick in 2013. He could be a late bloomer, but if he can't clearly beat out players like Orr and McClellan at this point, it's time to move on in even the deepest of IDP leagues.

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  Bills | Jamari Lattimore visits    Thu May 19, 07:45 PM

Free-agent LB Jamari Lattimore (Jets) visited the Buffalo Bills Thursday, May 19.

Footballguys view: Rex Ryan loves to collect former Jets so Lattimore could get a shot as the Bills try to right their listing ship of a defense.

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  Colts | Sio Moore in the mix for starting spot    Fri May 13, 09:13 PM

Indianapolis Colts LB Sio Moore was mentioned by head coach Chuck Pagano as a candidate to fill the open outside linebacker spot next to LB D'Qwell Jackson.

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Sio Moore player page


  49ers | Michael Wilhoite signs tender    Wed May 4, 05:53 PM

San Francisco 49ers restricted free-agent LB Michael Wilhoite signed his one-year tender Wednesday, May 4. The tender is worth $1.671 million.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly serving as caddie    Tue May 3, 12:30 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) will serve as TE Greg Olsen's caddie in a Pro-Am at the Wells Fargo Championship Wednesday, May 4. Head coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly has been fully cleared to do so.

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  Redskins | Desmond Bishop cut loose    Mon May 2, 11:28 PM

The Washington Redskins cut LB Desmond Bishop Monday, May 2, according to a source.

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  Cowboys | Sean Lee undergoes surgery    Sat Apr 30, 09:21 AM

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday, April 29, and will be sidelined for two weeks.

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  Bills | Reggie Ragland to compete in the middle    Fri Apr 29, 08:28 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Reggie Ragland will compete with LBs Preston Brown and Zach Brown for the starting middle linebacker spot in the Bills' 3-4 defense. General manager Doug Whaley views Ragland as a leader, though, and will bring something to the defense the Bills need, according to Whaley.

Footballguys view: They didn't take him for his singing voice, so we assume that the Bills have plans for him. Further, the linebackers were bad last year so every position could be up for grabs.

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Preston Brown player page


  Bengals | A.J. Hawk cut    Tue Apr 26, 12:35 PM

Updating an earlier report, Cincinnati Bengals LB A.J. Hawk was released Tuesday, April 26, and will receive a $1.4 million salary cap credit.

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  Chiefs | Justin March-Lillard praised    Fri Apr 22, 09:27 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin March-Lillard (knee) said his rehab is going well, and he was called an 'up-and-coming young linebacker' by LB Derrick Johnson, who consider March-Lillard his protégé.

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  Redskins | Will Compton signs tender    Mon Apr 18, 05:59 PM

Washington Redskins exclusive rights free-agent LB Will Compton signed his tender offer to return to Washington Monday, April 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Eagles | Jordan Hicks cleared    Wed Apr 13, 02:02 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Jordan Hicks (pectoral) said he has been fully cleared for workouts and organized team activities.

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  Giants | Nico Johnson waived    Tue Apr 12, 06:34 PM

New York Giants LB Nico Johnson (undisclosed) was placed on no-recall waivers with a failed-physical designation Tuesday, April 12.

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  Bills | Agree to deals with two players    Tue Apr 12, 02:19 PM

Free-agent S Colt Anderson (Colts) and free-agent LB Lorenzo Alexander (Raiders) agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, April 12.

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Colt Anderson player page


  Chiefs | Derrick Johnson needs to prove himself    Wed Apr 6, 11:09 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson signed a three-year, $21 million deal in the offseason with a $5.25 million signing bonus. If age catches up to him, he might not make the $2 million skill guarantee he has awaiting him in 2017. He could be a one-and-done casualty after this season.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly update    Wed Apr 6, 02:16 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) has his arm sling off and said he's working on his range of motion after shoulder surgery in February.

Footballguys view: The Panthers won't rush him back when offseason training begins. He said he's on schedule, but he will be scaled back during the spring.

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  Jets | Officially sign Bruce Carter    Mon Apr 4, 04:15 PM

New York Jets LB Bruce Carter was officially signed to an undisclosed contract Monday, April 4.

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  Bills | Zach Brown signs    Mon Apr 4, 02:50 PM

Free-agent LB Zach Brown (Titans) signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills Monday, April 4. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Bills | Zach Brown, Corey White visiting    Mon Apr 4, 01:48 PM

Free-agent LB Zach Brown (Titans) and CB Corey White (Cardinals) are both visiting the Buffalo Bills Monday, April 4.

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Zach Brown player page


  Jets | Bruce Carter to join Jets    Sat Apr 2, 11:49 AM

Free-agent LB Bruce Carter (Buccaneers) will sign with the New York Jets, according to a source.

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  Bills | Bruce Carter visiting Bills    Fri Apr 1, 10:50 AM

Free-agent LB Bruce Carter (Buccaneers) is visiting with the Buffalo Bills Friday, April 1.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly on schedule    Thu Mar 31, 07:58 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) said he is on schedule in his rehabilitation process. Kuechly is six weeks removed from surgery to repair a shoulder injury. He is no longer in a sling and is gradually gaining strength and range of motion back in his shoulder. Kuechly also said he's been riding a bicycle a lot and doing lower body work, adding that it's going to be a gradual process to get back to full health by training camp.

Footballguys view: Kuechly is the heart of this defense, so it's vital and critical the Panthers get him healthy. It looks like he will be back in time for the heavy lifting in camp, though expect the team to be cautious with him. There's no need to push a veteran too hard and risk a setback.

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  Lions | Bruce Carter visits Lions    Thu Mar 31, 11:44 AM

Free-agent LB Bruce Carter (Buccaneers) is visiting the Detroit Lions Thursday, March 31.

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  Jets | Bruce Carter visiting Jets    Wed Mar 30, 01:03 PM

Free-agent LB Bruce Carter (Buccaneers) is visiting the New York Jets Wednesday, March 30.

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  Giants | Jasper Brinkley officially re-signs    Tue Mar 29, 05:52 PM

Updating a previous report, New York Giants LB Jasper Brinkley officially re-signed to his one-year deal Tuesday, March 29. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Brinkley didn't get much interest on the open market, so he'll return to the Giants to play a similar role to the one he played last year. He's a two-down, run-stuffer who arrives at the ball with natural violence.

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  Bengals | Karlos Dansby joining Bengals    Tue Mar 29, 11:17 AM

Free-agent LB Karlos Dansby (Browns) will sign with the Cincinnati Bengals Tuesday, March 29.

Footballguys view: The Bengals need to do something with Vontaze Burfict suspended the first three games of the year. Dansby wanted to find a home with a contender, and he's done that as the Bengals should push for a playoff spot and the AFC North title in 2016.

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  Saints | Craig Robertson contract details    Tue Mar 29, 02:09 AM

New Orleans Saints LB Craig Robertson's three-year contract is for $5 million, with $1.965 million guaranteed and a $1.2 million signing bonus. He is scheduled to receive $765,000 in 2016, $1.105 million in 2017 and $1.275 million in 2018, with a $250,000 roster bonus in 2017, and $275,000 on the fifth day of future league years with annual $1.5 million incentives.

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  Bengals | Karlos Dansby to visit    Thu Mar 24, 12:57 PM

Free-agent LB Karlos Dansby (Browns) is visiting with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, March 24, according to a source.

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  Saints | Craig Robertson signs with Saints    Wed Mar 23, 09:55 AM

Updating a previous report, free-agent LB Craig Robertson (Browns) agreed to a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.

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